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Continuing the tradition of its predecessors by providing beginning jo urnalists with a clear concise introduction to newswriting, this book employs all of the essential journalistic skills in an informative and engaging text. In addition to updating and adding to the number of ex amples from the contemporary press, the new edition addresses the incr easingly popular narrative form of feature stories. Also included is a n expanded chapter on news style.
Preface to the Third Edition vii
1 Writing for Newspapers 3
Early newspaper style. Structuring the news. Stripped-down prose. The electronic revolution. Interpretative news. The electronic newsroom.
2 Writing the Lead 15
Lead structure. Lead language. Other considerations in lead writing: attribution and identification. Memorable leads.
3 Developing the Story 33
Secondary leads. The fractured paragraph: key words, transitional devices, pronoun references. Information weaving. Ending the story.
4 The Elements of News Style 47
Choosing the right word. Writing good sentences: sentence style, sentence criteria.
5 The Spoken Word in Print 63
To quote or not to quote: direct quotes, paraphrase, accuracy. The mechanics of quoting: attribution, partial quotes, substitutes for “said.”
6 Varieties of the Basic Structure 75
The multi-element story. The “hourglass” structure. The speech story: the advance text, note taking, speech story structure. The meeting story. The obituary.
7 News in Context 97
Making connections. Providing context. Localizing news. Using background. Developing news.
8 Featurizing the News 109
Traditional alternatives: page brighteners or brights, sidebars. Contemporary alternatives: the new graphics, featurized news, weekly feature styles.
9 Writing the Feature Story 125
Feature techniques. Feature development. Forms of the feature: the news feature, human-interest stories, personal profiles, narratives.
Suggested Readings 151